Carl Lizza’s passing, noted in the NYRA article by Jenny Kellner under Industry News here on our website, comes just as his beloved Highcliff Farm is hitting the high notes.
New resident sire Congaree produced an impressive two-year-old maiden special weight winner at Churchill Downs on June 27th (Givhans Ferry). Earlier in the month on the west coast, another Congaree filly, Killer Graces, broke her maiden by winning the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park. And homebred Street Game, out of the Highcliff mare Thunderachiever, herself a daughter of Highcliff’s stallion Thunder Puddles, is a rising star coming off of a Grade III win in the Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park.
Highcliff stallion Stonesider’s offspring are also drawing raves as his two-year-olds get set to hit the track. It must have delighted Mr. Lizza that his stallion Cosmonaut, who raced under Flying Z’s light blue colors with the double ZZ’s and now stands at the Delanson stud farm, is producing gorgeous babies.
As noted in this space previously, the Highcliff stallions under Lizza’s watch always lived out their days in their familiar paddocks being cared for by the people who knew and loved them best.
No doubt Thunder Puddles, Noble Nashua and the rest are nickering to him now. Rest in peace, Mr. Lizza.
– Executive Director Tracy Egan